Anytime there’s an opportunity to eat fresh shrimp I’m first in line. For the recipe below, I made Shrimp Feta and Rotelli Pasta with Homemade Vodka Sauce. There’s a little heavy cream in it but not enough to be dangerous. It’s blended with fresh summer tomatoes, onions, shallots and garlic and is to die for.
Enjoy this Shrimp Feta and Rotelli Pasta with Homemade Vodka Sauce recipe.
- 2 cloves garlic chopped
- 1 large shallot chopped
- ¼ yellow onion chopped
- 2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 28 oz can whole Italian peeled tomatoes and juice drained (Cento San Marzano tomatoes are good.)
- 3 medium size Tomatoes fresh, chopped
- 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
- ½ cup heavy cream
- ¼ cup vodka
- ½ cup feta cheese crumbled
- 1 Tbsp basil fresh, chopped
- 1 Tbsp all-purpose flour (if necessary for thickening)
- 1 Lb shrimp peeled and deveined. I used a package of flash frozen shrimp
- 1 Lb Rotelli pasta or pasta of your choice
- In a saucepan, brown garlic, shallots, and onion in oil for about 5 minutes
- Add canned tomatoes, fresh tomatoes, and red pepper. Mix, breaking up the tomatoes and let cook on medium-high for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the heavy cream, vodka, feta, and basil. Let it cook for 10 minutes. If the mixture doesn't thicken, quickly stir in 1 Tbs of flour.
- Add the shrimp and cook until heated (or if raw until pink) Keep the vodka sauce heated until ready to serve.
- In the meantime, boil water in a pasta pan and cook 1 lb of multi-colored Rotelli until done (according to package directions) Or use the pasta of your choice.
Here’s the homemade vodka sauce simmering in the pot. Yum!
If you’re gluten-free you can serve the shrimp and sauce over vegetables.
Here are some interesting facts about the benefits of eating shrimp.
- Shrimp is a perfect source of protein with vitamin D, vitamin B3, and zinc.
- Shrimp contains astaxanthin, a carotenoid that gives it a pink color. It acts as a potent antioxidant and protects the skin from premature aging.
- Shrimp also is a good source for selenium. Several population studies suggest that the risk of death from cancer, including lung, colorectal, and prostate cancers, is lower among people with a higher intake of the trace mineral selenium.
- As shrimp contain no carbohydrates, its Glycemic Index rating is 0.
And then, of course, there’s the vodka. The alcohol evaporates when you cook it but it adds to the delectable flavor of the sauce.
What’s your favorite pasta sauce? Please leave a comment below.